LEO CLUB PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to The Cathedral School Leo Club in Q2 who won the inaugural Leo Club Project of the Year Award for their Birthing Kits for PNG project. Although there was no public announcement at the National Convention, the Leos were excited to hear of their win and look forward to the presentation of the $500 prize money and the Award later in the year.
Here is an extract from their entry:
In 20l9, The Cathedral School Leo Club partnered with Zonta to make an undeniable impact on international communities by creating and sending out Birthing Kits to Papua New Guinea. Our Birthing Kits are small packages loaded with supplies to assist pregnant women give birth in poor conditions, and to help save the lives of mother and infant. Our entire club gathered in a sterilised room and neatly packed medical supplies, including scalpels, gauze and gloves, a plastic sheet to lay on, and a piece of string to tie the umbilical cord. This opportunity to help others from a distance was incredibly fulfilling, empowering and opened our eyes to the struggles in the lives of our neighbours, encouraging us to continue making a difference. We proudly sent our boxes bursting with Birthing Kits to PNG, and in our own way, we have truly saved and changed the lives of many.
Congratulations to all clubs who nominated a project for this award. This will now be an annual program and all clubs are encouraged to enter their best service project of 2020 for next year’s award. The Lifesaver Foundation is providing prizes for the best Alpha club project,and the best Omega club project. Since all the entries this year came from Alpha clubs, only one prize has been awarded in 2020. We look forward to seeing lots of entries for the 2021 awards.
Leo of the Year 2019
Congratulations to Leo Ruth Spence for winning the National Final of Leo of the Year at the MD201 Lions Convention in Geelong. A member of CQ Leo Club in Rockhampton, Queensland (Q4). Ruth is also a Lion, a wife to Leo Kai and mum to baby Claire, so she certainly has a busy year ahead of her as the ambassador for the Leos of Australia.
The Public Speaking winner was Leo Nicholas Raphael from Crestbrook Leos (N3) who held the audience enthralled with his speech about his experiences as a volunteer fire fighter. The other State entrants – AJ Wright from Tasmania, Liam Hannah from Western Australia and Kieren Azzopardi from Victoria also demonstrated the great depth of talent and commitment of Leos across the country. Well done to all entrants.
Congratulations to all Leos who participated in the Leo of the Year program at Club, District, State and National level. We are very proud of you, and hope you benefited from the experience!
It will soon be time to start preparing for the 2020 contest. See the Leo of the Year page for information and an Entry Form.
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2018 Leo of the Year results
Congratulations to 2018 Leo of the Year Matthew Boggon from Crestwood Leo Club in 201N5. Matthew is a 19 year old university student with a passion for serving his community.
Matthew was a co-founder of his Leo club in early 2017, and has led the club as its President through its first 12 months. Crestwood Leos have already established some great service initiatives including regular blood donations, environmental clean-ups, child sponsorship, as well as a variety of fund-raising events.
Matthew believes that motivation and passion for service are the keys to building a successful club, but always makes sure that fun is a part of every project the club does.
Congratulations also to the other national finalists who are all outstanding Leos making a real difference in their communities: Kody Jorgensen (QLD), Dakota Gallagher (TAS), Kieren Azzopardi (VIC) and Reegan Davis (WA). Leo Kieren Azzopardi was the winner of the Public Speaking Award.
2017 Australian Leo of the Year, Jesse Pascoe, has recently been honoured by Lions Clubs International as one of 40 Leos worldwide to receive an International Leo of the Year Award in recognition of his service and leadership over the previous 12 months.
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